Apprentices and Trainees shine at AGA Graduation and Awards Ceremony

Graduates were joined by friends and family, employers, AGA field officers, VIP guests and event sponsors who gathered at Marvel Stadium for an uplifting and exciting night of celebration.

Attendees were entertained by event MC Vince Sorrenti, who kept the laughs flowing throughout the evening.

Guest speaker and apprentice turned outdoor educator, Beau Miles, used his lived experience to encourage all 368 guests in attendance to find adventure in the everyday.

Self-described as ‘offbeat and NQR’, Beau has created several short documentary-style films which follow him as he crosses the Bass Strait in a sea kyak, runs a marathon around his Gippsland property, and completes his ‘man vs. commute’ series.

Inspiring the crowd with an interactive Q&A session, Beau urged attending graduates to continue following their passion as they move forward with their careers.

In all, eleven awards including Best Overall Trainee and Best Overall Apprentice, were announced on the night.

These awards recognised the exceptional achievements of each of the nominees, and acknowledged the dedication shown by recipients.

AGA Field Officer Rob Paladino was full of praise for graduate James Chol, winner of the Construction and Trades Award as well as recipient of the Best Overall Apprentice Award.

“James is an inspiring young man who has worked extremely hard to complete his apprenticeship and acquire the skills needed to succeed in the industry. James would one day like to be in a position where he could host future AGA apprentices and pass on what he has learnt throughout his own journey.”

Acceptance speeches from each of the award recipients provided the highlight of the evening, with many expressing heartfelt thanks to family, employers and field officers.

For some, it was the support received from their employers and AGA field officers that enabled them to complete their qualification.

Shannon Voss-Smith, 2019 graduate and winner of the Carol Hammett Award, explains. “The AGA awards and graduation night was a great opportunity to celebrate my journey and achievements with my family, colleagues and other AGA apprentices & trainees. The staff at AGA have supported me throughout my traineeship, guiding me to further my skills and knowledge which has changed my life for the better.”

AGA would like to once again congratulate all 2019 graduates on their hard work and determination, as well as thank the evenings’ sponsors, without whom events like this would not be possible.


Auto, Engineering & Utilities Award – Daniel Bartels

Business, IT & Finance Award – Jessica Russell

Construction Trades Award – James Chol

Health, Education & Disability Award – Samantha Syme

School Based Apprentice/Trainee Award – Declan Clayton

Bob Low Memorial Award – Aimee Sanders

Carol Hammett Award- RTO Student of the Year – Shannon Voss-Smith

Safety Award – Aidan Boland

Indigenous Apprentice/Trainee Award – Teleigha Saunders

Best Overall Trainee Award – Jessica Russell

Best Overall Apprentice Award – James Chol


MAS National

IntoWork Australia

BJS Insurance Group



City of Darebin

City of Yarra



Moreland City Council


Apprenticeship Employment Network


Corporate Traveller

Custom Fleet


Gippsland Motor Group

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